By John Scalzi
The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to fulfill us and to start humanity’s first interstellar friendship. There’s only one challenge: They’re hideously grotesque and so they odor like rotting fish.
So getting humanity’s belief is a problem. The Yherajk want a person who might help them shut the deal.
Enter Thomas Stein, who understands anything approximately remaining bargains. He’s one among Hollywood’s preferred younger brokers. yet even if Stein can have simply concluded the most important deal of his profession, it’s relatively one other factor to barter for a whole alien race. To earn his percent this time, he’s going to wish the entire smarts, talents, and wits he can muster.
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Y…You…” the greying brunette panted, eyes wide. ” Carefully, she lowered the older woman back to her feet. “I apologize for my instinctive reaction just now—and I’m grateful I didn’t hurt you with my combat reflexes—but it was either grab you with my mind, or let you injure your mind precognitively. ” Licking her lips, the woman clutched her portable workstation in her dark brown arms and nodded. “Uh, yes, sir. We’ve completed your roster for you, Captain. All it needs is your…your…I can’t believe I’m saying this,” the reservist master sergeant muttered, her shock fading, replaced by a touch of startlement-induced anger.
It’s incredibly shortsighted of them because I’m not their enemy, but there it is. ” She glanced briefly at Sergeant Plimstaad. “And I did mean it when I said do not touch me. You do not want to see what is inside my head; I’m dealing with scales that most people aren’t prepared to deal with, at speeds that would give you a raging migraine. “I do thank you for your efforts on my behalf,” Ia added. “I’ll try to be quick about this, but there are a lot of lives at stake. ” Closing her eyes, Ia breathed deep and let it out, then did it again, calming and centering her mind.
Arstoll it is, then. ” Ia shook her head. “I won’t sign that, Sergeant. ” The impatient question came from the oldest man in the room, and the only soldier whose rank matched her own. The main differences between them were that he wore brown stripes on his black uniform, and that his brass eagle did not carry the rockets in its claws that hers did, making her a ship’s captain and him a lieutenant colonel. As dark-skinned as the sergeant, but with three times as many wrinkles and none of the hair, Lieutenant Colonel Luu-Smith flicked his hand irritably.
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi